There are many different tools that I use. Here are a few of my recommendations.
I enjoy creating things to liven up my computer. Here are some of the ones I'm proud of.
Avoriaz 2016 Chrome Theme
Based on a photo I took in Avoriaz, France, this theme adds a snowy background and a gentle blue hue to your Chrome browser.
2015 Advent Calendar
A website-based advent calendar with seasonal YouTube videos hidden behind each of the doors.
Chrome is my browser of choice and I enjoy expanding its capabilities through the use of browser extensions. Here are some I use regularly.
I love the simplicity of Chrome. But to me, the New Tab page takes that simplicity too far and is just … boring! To fix that, I’ve installed Dream Afar. The stunning pictures can be set to change daily or hourly, while choosing a one-minute update interval pretty much guarantees you’ll see a different image each time you open a new tab. Love a photo? Download it with a single click and keep it forever. Add to that an easily accessible search bar, a list of my most visited sites and quick links to my Chrome bookmarks, apps and history and you have what I think is one of the best new-tab extensions out there.
Adverts are a mixed blessing. Reputable sites use advertising revenue to pay for valuable content they make available for free. But when websites allow the adverts take over, you can use an adblocker like uBlock origin to do something about it. By default, uBlock is very simple: it hides all the adverts on a page. If you decide you want to support the website, just a couple of clicks will show the ads. uBlock also warns you if you click on a link that will take you to one of the questionable sites it’s aware of.
uBlock Origin for Chrome
uBlock Origin for Firefox
Save to Pocket
If you’ve ever found yourself reading an article or watching a video when you really should be doing something else, just because you’re afraid you won’t find it again, help is here. A single click on Save to Pocket will save the page to a read-it-later list at getpocket.com allowing you to easily go back to it when you’ve got some free time!
Save to Pocket for Chrome